KID-FRIENDLY WALK | Cod Beck Reservoir – North York Moors
Why I love it: Cod Beck is a renowned beauty spot; the view from the dam at the bottom of the reservoir is amazing, one of my favourite places. On a peaceful day you can feel like you are somewhere else entirely. It’s an easy path walk through woodland around the reservoir and could probably be done in 45 minutes, equally if you want a tougher, longer walk you have access to a huge part of the North Yorkshire Moors from here. It’s very dog-friendly and you can have your pooch of the lead if they are well behaved. It is also the perfect spot for my children’s fave activity; throwing stones in the water. There is a shallow beck which is just below the second car park which is a dream for toddlers; paddling, fishing nets, watering cans, you name It Cod Beck will have seen it.
Distance: Depends how long you want to walk for! You can follow the circular walking trail around the reservoir which is roughly 1.5 miles, perfect distance for little legs, I usually double back making it a bit longer. You can also, at the bottom of the reservoir, head up the steep bank which will take you up onto the North Yorkshire Moors and from here you can do a longer loop back to the main road, or the Cleveland Way also passes by.
Route: There are two car parks and you can access the reservoir path from either, although if you have any mobility issues or a pram (see below) I would always try and park in the first car park (on your right if coming from Osmotherley, past Cote Ghyll Caravan site). If you do have to park in the second car park the path is still easily accessible but you can take the more adventurous route over the stepping stones across the beck.
Terrain: The path around the reservoir is woodland path and is well maintained, some very slight inclines but easy going. If you venture off the main path up onto the moors it can be rocky in places.
Pram Friendly? Yes, the main path around Cod Beck reservoir is fine for prams if you access the path via the gate from the first car back (the first car park you come to after driving through Osmotherley village). The gate is wide enough for a pram and you can walk around the reservoir easily although you will have to return this way also as the opposite exit is via steps and a small stream so not ideal for a pram.
Facilities along the way: The one downfall is that there are absolutely no facilities here, other than plenty of bushes so make sure all children visit the loo before you go. There are two pubs and a village shop in Osmotherley itself. If you head to the next village, Swainby you’ll find The Rusty Bike Café which we love and has amazing views of the North Yorkshire Moors which you can enjoy from a deck chair outside or if it’s a cold day from a squishy couch in front of a log burner.
Car Parking and cost: Two free car parks, although they can get busy on weekends and hot sunny days!
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